Newcastle 4 Huddersfield 3 – Magnificent Fighting Magpies


nufc-crestHuddersfield Town Crest

If it’s one thing Newcastle players learned last season is never to give up and after being 3-1 down early in the second half, the lads fought back brilliantly to win this terrific game by 4-3.

Guts and glory for Newcastle tonight.

And with 3 teenagers starting this game in LuaLua, Kadar and Ranger, this was an early test of Newcastle’s paper thing squad kept together by a bunch of untested youngsters.

But it was Newcastle who took the lead on 35 minutes, and it was
Pilikington who gave the ball to Danny Guthrie 20 yards from goal and the 22 year-old put home a low, left-footed drive into the bottom corner to give the Magpies the lead.

But the lead lasted just 2 minutes and the first goal Newcastle have conceded at home this season as Theo Robinson raced through on goal before pushing the ball past an exposed Tim Krul.

And then amazingly just two minutes later Newcastle were behind and it was Theo Robinson hit the ball past Krul and then took off for what looked a dive that should have been yellow carded.

No, it was a penalty given by referee Bates, and then mist have had a spasm or something as he gave a yellow card to goalkeeper Krul. We guess the referring in the second division is also second class.

Robinson had earned the penalty by conning the ref,  so it was obvious he had to take it, and the lad scored easily into the bottom corner for the net for his, and Huddersfield’s, second goal.

So it was 2-1 and within few minutes the game had been turned on its head and Hughton had to get the troops reset at half time.

But things got worse just 2 minutes into the second half and it was Jordan Rhodes who raced onto Peltier’s long punt into the penalty box – where was the defense?

He quickly rounded a stranded Tim Krul and swept a low shot into the unguarded net from the narrowest of angles for what was a classy finish.

3-1 down and is the night going to turn out a disaster?

One minute later Newcastle got one back and it was 18 year-old Nile Ranger who set up Geremi and the experience showed as with only goalkeeper Smithies to beat, the 100 times capped Cameroon International, brilliantly  guided the ball low with his left foot into the bottom corner from 12 yards out.

A great goal from Newcastle when it was most needed.

But it wasn’t until 64 minutes that Newcastle got back on even terms,
and it’s that man Shola Ameobi again, as the local lad dispatched from the penalty spot for his 5th goal of the season, after he had been tripped in the penalty area by Andy Butler.

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And would you believe it – on 83 minutes Newcastle got their 4th goal and it was from Danny Guthrie’s free-kick that Ameobi hit a header back across goal and it was Kevin Nolan – shown above after scoring – who hit home from close range for his second goal in as many games.

In extra time the much heralded Haris Vuckic came on to make his first team debut, as replacement for Shola Ameobi,  in the first of four added minutes.

The lads won tonight, and they showed that when things go wrong, they have the guts,  determination and spirit to come back, even with a weakened side.

And these are the very qualities that were lacking last season – but not this campaign – at least not so far.

And it was a sensible gamble that paid off for coach Chris Hughton, who has blooded a few of our youngsters tonight and still won the game, even though things didn’t look too good when the lads were 3-1 down early into the second half.

The spirit and fight that was again shown by this young Newcastle team has to be applauded, and they finally got the job done – but only just!

But a win is a win.

What a game!

Howay The Lads!!

TEAMS

Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Jose Enrique, Tamas Kadar, Danny Simpson, Geremi, Kevin Nolan, Nicky Butt (c), Danny Guthrie, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger
Subs:
Steve Harper, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Ben Tozer, Ryan Donaldson, Haris Vuckic

Huddersfield Town: Alex Smithies, Lee Peltier, Joe Skarz, Michael Collins, Peter Clarke (c), Antony Kay, Theo Robinson, Jordan Rhodes, Andy Butler, Anthony Pilkington, Danny Drinkwater
Subs: Matt Glennon, Nathan Clarke, Robbie Williams, Robbie Simpson, Lee Novak, Lionel Ainsworth, James Berrett

Referee: Tony Bates
Attendance: 23,815



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105 comments so far

  • jordi

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Roll on Monday!

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  • Dragonera

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Get in…Although, i am slightly worried about the late injuries. Also, Ranger, Lua Lua, Kadar and Krul need polishing.

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  • mathes1982

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Who was injured?

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  • qemin

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #4

    i heard jonas n ameobi got injured.
    how was it like?
    does it look bad?
    OMG.. so worried..
    can’t imagine us winning a game without jonas running on the flanks…
    and ambiobi scoring goals(?? can’t believe me saying this. loL~~)

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  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Wasn’t Strolla just taken off to break up the game a bit in the end?

    I really hope Jonas is not injured, the side is much stronger with him in it. And for Butt… GET RID!

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  • ToonAllman22

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah agreed there Dragonera! Would be over the moon if we can get Bale in and we need to get onboard loverkrands big time, Beckford wud be a must as well as new defenders

    Good result tonight, will give the team a boost for Mondays game

    Howay

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #7

    they certainley all need polishing. i hope so much bale is in, i would absoloutley love it to have him and giovani

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  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Well done to the lads for the fighting spirit, but in all fairness we cant be fielding 4/5 youngsters in the same game throughout the season. A 19 yr old making his debut at centre back and a young full back partneiring him, was bound to be a distaster at the back.

    However would be good experience for the young lads and good to get the win.

    Bale on loan….play instead of who? Enrique playing superbly, ryan taylor showing his worth and Jonas adds alot. Maybe play instead of Jonas and jonas used as impact sub.

    However we need centre backs in, not full backs/wingers as a priority now.

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  • ToonAllman22

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Butt needs to go, come on burnley take him off us lads

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  • jordi

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Jan Stavik // Aug 26, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    Wasn’t Strolla just taken off to break up the game a bit in the end?

    ———-

    Apparently he was signalling the bench to come off and just walking so dunno might just be cramp though.

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  • Dragonera

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #11

    GG

    Mate, i wouldn’t touch Gio with a stick. He has apparently unsettled both the Barca and Spurs dressing rooms with his awful attitude. Hence why such a promising talent is constantly being shifted from place to place.

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  • tdt

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Good results as long as the injuries aint serious. Hope it doesnt effect our league form with the additional fixtures. Well done the young ones!

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Bale out until February apparently

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #14

    bale out for two more weeks

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #15
  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Good the Jonas wont go to South America he will have a rest two weeks.
    Team for Monday:
    …………………….Harper
    Simpson…….S.Taylor……Colo…………..Enrique
    Barton………Guthrie………Smith………..R.Taylor
    ……………..Nolan……….Ameobi

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Just got back from the match, very close for comfort but whats this about Bale can someone give me the heads up on this??

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #18

    where has the bale story came from

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Ok just read it on newcastle mad

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  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #20

    krul looked a bit sloppy tonight

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #21

    I hope all you Krul lovers will realise he’s not ready yet.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #22

    batty

    Krul was left exposed by his defence on more than a few occasions. Simpson is clearly no centre back what so ever. Guthrie got a goal but apart from that he was pretty weak, Lua Lua did ok and Ranger still has a bit to learn but he was good in the air. Didn’t see enough of Harris V unfortunately.

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  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #23

    TF i noticed he was flapping a bit against brum

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Batty

    Me too, he makes a few decent saves and people suddenly decide he should be our number 1 and its a disgrace Harper gets picked

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  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Toon1978 aye but he was still sloppy at times as he was against brum

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #26

    alreet lads, just got back.
    Shola was hobbling about a bit, b4 taken off.
    Twisted his ankle or summit.
    crap atmosphere from our fans, credit to the H Town fans, plenty of em and made a good noise for their team.
    Will be a full house I hope on Monday. Get some singing gannin. Alot of families today with wee bairns n all.
    Well done to the lads, stuck at it for 90 mins, never let their chins drop, even when 1-3 down. Good to see.

    Nolan OK, Butt usual kak! Krull a bit dodgy (sorry !) lua ok (canny whipet!) Tayls alreet, ranger cant shoot on target lol jonas wont score in a million years 😉

    When’s the draw for the next round?

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  • Dragonera

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Ryantoon

    It makes me laugh how people on here feel a sense of security when claims made on here find their way on to newsnow. What you lot don’t seem to realise is that a lot of publications use this blog as a place to gather rumours and produce stories. In fact, publications tend to use blogs in general when trying to decide the content of their stories. I work in the media industry, and i know a fair few of their tricks.

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  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #28

    TF harper is a all round keeper feel alot safer when harper is between the sticks

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  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #29

    lew draw on saturday m8

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  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #30

    ryan stop looking at me lol

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #31

    In all fairness though Krul deserved his chance, and this was the game to try him out in. He’ll get there, just needs to communicate better with his CB’s

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  • Dragonera

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #32

    I agree Batty. However, Harper does still have the same fundamental flaws Given has. Neither have the courage to come and pluck a ball out of the air unless it is within one foot of the goal line.

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Cheers batty.

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  • Oba

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Our two main centre backs were changed for this game. Can’t expect us to defend that well with two lads who haven’t played together before.

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  • OHurley

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #35

    to come back from 3-1 is a feat of extraordinary magnitude. That’s just ridiculously bad@ass.

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  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #36

    lew aye but think we should stick with harper for now then when the yanks buy us get buffon in lol

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #37

    No sign of S Tayls???
    Obviously someone doesn’t want him cup tied.
    or shouldn’t I be thinking like that.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #38

    I am not one of those people who thinks Krul should be our number 1…………..YET, but we have too remember this kid is still only a young lad and has many years in front of him obviously Chelsea,Arsenal and a host of EPL clubs sees something in the lad as well as Feyenoord. Yes, he wasn’t the best tonight but neither was his defence for that matter. Next up Leicester which will be a toughy.

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  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #39

    Dragonera aye your right just think harps is the better of the 2 m8

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #40

    speaking of centre backs, who played centre back coz Kadar was the only one on the team sheet

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